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i3 2016 Teams Announcement

Announcing the 15 teams for i3: Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine 2016! We would love to see you at i3! Attendees are guaranteed to leave the event with a newfound appreciation for Indiana landmarks, and feel inspired to create the dishes and cocktails at home. i3 tickets are available here. Madame Walker Theatre Bartender: Corey Ewing, Alley Cat Chef: George Turkette, Pigs […]


i3: Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine. Again!

by Libby Simmons, May 18, 2016 The second annual Indulge, Imbibe, Imagine (i3) event will be held June 26 at the Madame Walker Theatre. The event draws together a local chef, bartender, and artist who create—respectively—a dish, cocktail, and piece of artwork inspired by a particular Indiana landmark. Last year’s inaugural event featured the following landmarks: Angel […]

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Munch Madness Wrap Up

by Rob Gaston, Tuesday, April 26th If you didn’t join us for Munch Madness, make sure to watch for it next year! We had a great time as Abbi Merriss, Carlos Salazar, Dean Sample, and Ricky Martinez competed on stage at the Athenaeum. Although Abbi Merriss was the Munch Madness winner, we want to thank […]

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Munch Madness Volunteers

by Rob Gaston, Thursday, April 21st If you attended Munch Madness on Monday, you know that it was a great time for both the audience as well as those participating on stage. This fun evening would not have been possible without the support of many organizations, businesses, and individuals. With so many thanks to give, […]


Prepare to Givelify!

by Rob Gaston, April 12th, 2016 Hopefully you’ve heard all about our Munch Madness event, are planning to come, and have bought your tickets! If you haven’t, make sure to reserve your spot now! The next thing you’ll want to do is install the app Givelify on your phone. At Munch Madness the chefs will […]


Munch Madness

by Rob Gaston, March 30, 2016 What is Munch Madness? At first glance, Munch Madness is a chefs competition, but it’s really a show. Four very talented chefs will be taking the stage, and yes they will be competing, but they will also face adversity. What would Carlos Salazar do if we took away his […]


Board Q&A: Karen Hewett

  by Rob Gaston, March 10th, 2016 Under the name of their Franklin restaurant Indigo Duck, Karen and her husband Joseph Hewett were one of the first participants to sign on wholeheartedly for the Taste of Indiana. In fact, Chef Joseph was also one of the early board members until his passing, at which time […]


New Farmers Markets

  by Rob Gaston, December 11th, 2015 We mentioned it last month, and now the Broad Ripple Winter Market is officially underway. Among the eighteen vendors that are currently listed on the website, there is plenty of variety meaning you can pick up fresh veggies, meats, cheeses, and even prepared goods like breads and pastries, […]


A Local Halloween?

By Rob Gaston, October 28th, 2015 Too old to trick or treat? Want to do something fun this weekend but not into haunted houses? We were scared you might not have plans for the weekend, so here’s a roundup of three cool new events this Halloween. Brains, Hearts, and other Parts – A Halloween Offal […]


Featured Chef: Craig Baker

  October 22nd, 2015 While The Local Eatery and Pub is a perennial favorite at the Taste of Indiana Festival, you will more likely find Craig Baker these days at Bent Rail Brewery, the most recent business opened by Baker and business partner Derek Means. Their portfolio also includes Plow and Anchor, and as a staunch […]

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Gastronauts Twitter Contest

We’re looking for 2 more people to join our 2015 Gastronauts social media team! Could it be you? WHAT ARE GASTRONAUTS? They’re social media-savvy people who act as online ambassadors and help us promote the event. In return for their tweets and Instagram pics, we give them free entry to our Taste Of Indiana event […]

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A Taste Of Indiana 2015 Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for our 2015 Taste Of Indiana event on August 30th are now on sale! This year, in addition to delicious farm to fork foods from Indiana chefs and farmers along with wines and beers from Indiana wineries and breweries, we have several new offerings to make our 6th annual event an even greater value […]

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Dig IN Announces New Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Chef Thom England. “After five years of success and growth, Dig IN believes it is time to make the jump to the next level. Thom is our ideal choice with deep industry expertise, a formidable network, and experience leading our board,” said Tony […]


Stalking Asparagus

by Rob Gaston, May 5th, 2015 I am guessing you have never heard of MAAB, am I right? I had not either, until this morning I visited and learned of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board. Who knew our neighbor to the north housed a repository of knowledge about our “speary” ingredient of the month? […]

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Greens Roundup

Arugula, celery hearts, dates, feta, and almonds recently offered at R Bistro this month. By Rob Gaston, April 21st, 2015 Regina Mehallick has been involved in Dig IN and the Taste of Indiana festival since its inception, and last year we interviewed  her about our #INSeason ingredient for April, greens. Since the opening of her new local […]

Hearty Green Recipes

By Haley Sorenson April 16, 2015 It is so easy to take Indiana greens and make just about anything! Here are a few things that some of the Indiana bloggers are cooking up! Basil Momma made this Spinach Feta Dip a few weeks ago, and it looks like the  perfect, healthy snack for any day. If […]

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Greens are #INseason for April

By Haley Sorenson, April 9, 2015 April’s #INseason ingredient is Hearty Greens! Indiana greens, like lettuce and kale, are usually grown by hydroponics or inside in greenhouses. This week, we had lunch at Duo’s Kitchen at IMG in Indianapolis, IN to explore some of their delicious greens. One of Duo’s secret recipes is their collard greens, […]


Dig IN to Indiana Pork

by Rob Gaston, March 3, 2015 We have now been featuring seasonal Indiana ingredients for a full year under our #INSeason campaign. Although there are more and more products all the time being grown in hoop houses, green houses, and hydroponic farms, we’re getting closer to those first warm season crops to come out of […]


Tulip Tree Creamery

by Rob Gaston, February 25, 2015 If you’re like me, food is kind of your thing. As of today I couldn’t tell you who won Oscars a few nights ago, if I watched the Grammys I wouldn’t know the singers, and I only know the Colts are in town due to the sea of blue […]

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Meet the Chef – Brandon Canfield

By Haley Sorenson, February 17, 2014   We’re halfway through Dairy Month, and we spoke with  an Indiana chef at a restaurant attached to an Indiana creamery. Brandon Canfield is the Executive Chef at The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery located in Zionsville, Indiana. The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery is located above the Farm Store […]

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Kelsay Farms and More!

By Rob Gaston, February 10th, 2015 What’s going on in the month of February? Well, Valentine’s Day and lots of chocolate of course! It’s also our #INSeason month of dairy, and just so happens to be Lactose Intolerance month too. You can still enjoy dairy foods even if you do have lactose intolerance. Check out […]

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Love for Indiana Dairy this February

by Rob Gaston, February 5th, 2015 The days are getting longer again, hopefully also starting to get warmer little by little, but the time of hearty greens and asparagus poking up out of the ground is still a ways off. As you know, for our #INSeason campaign of fresh Indiana goods, we’ve talked about poultry in […]

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The Simplest, Tastiest, Newest Burger In Town

Chef Tyler Herald, Public Greens, features Fischer Farms Beef to wow diners By Duncan Alney, January 29th, 2015 The short version of this story: the burger that Chef Tyler does at Public Greens is unbelievable. Now for the longer version. Take a ride to Broad Ripple Village and visit Public Greens Urban Kitchen. Public Greens […]

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J Ford’s Black Angus

By Rob Gaston, January 27th, 2015 Jeff and Kelly Ford have been faithful participants at the Taste of Indiana festival and great supporters of the Dig IN mission. Along with the style and quality of their restaurant, this made them the perfect choice to be featured for the #INSeason campaign during the month of beef! […]

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